Sticky Cornflake Chicken Fingers
Baked or fried, these chicken tenders are a perfect appetizer or on top of a pile of belgium waffles!
1 cup maple syrup
6 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
6 cups cornflake cereal
Salt and pepper
1 pound chicken tenders
1 cup flour, for dredging
1/2 cup buttermilk
Canola oil, for frying
Hot sauce, for serving
Place the maple syrup, butter and apple cider vinegar in a high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Mix well as the butter melts then bring to a boil. Boil for a minute or two then turn off the heat. Leave the pot on the stovetop to keep warm.
Heat a pot of oil over medium-high heat or fill a tabletop fryer to 375°F. To bake the chicken fingers, preheat oven to 375°F.
In a food processor, pulse the cornflakes until they resemble a coarse breadcrumb. Season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and pulse to combine. Place crumbs on a sheet cookie sheet or plate for breading and set aside.
Whisk the eggs with the buttermilk in a small sheet tray or plate. Season with a 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Place the flour on a separate sheet tray or plate season with a 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Season the chicken tenders with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper.
Bread the chicken by dipping it first into the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the egg mixture, making sure it’s coated well. Lastly, dip into the cornflake mixture to coat. Place the breaded chicken tenders on a tray and set aside. Repeat with remaining tenders.
If frying, make sure your oil temp is at 375°F. Working 4 at a time, fry the chicken fingers until dark golden brown, about 6-8 minutes, or until a digital thermometer reads 165°F when inserted inside. Place the fried chicken fingers onto a cooling rack set into a sheet tray in a 200°F oven to keep warm as you fry the remaining chicken.
If baking, place the breaded chicken tenders on a sheet tray lined with a cooling rack. Spray the chicken tenders with cooking spray and place into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy and brown.
Add chicken fingers and warm maple syrup mixture to a large mixing bowl and toss to coat. Serve immediately.